At a mere age of 13 Cameron has already released two successful Apps, however the real story is what motivated him to write these apps and what he does with the money earned through the Apps.
When Cameron Cohen was 11 he had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his leg. Since he couldn’t play any of the sports he loved during his 9-month recovery he turned to his other big interest, computers. As he states “I began to read anything about programming that I could get my hands on. I watched Stanford University professors on iTunes, scoured the web for articles on programming and taught myself several different programming languages.”
Determined to somehow give thanks to the hospital where he had received treatment, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Cameron decided to create iSketch, a drawing app, which he sold on the App Store for just $0.99. The app became a huge success and Cohen donated $20,000 from the sales to the hospital. The money was used to purchase computers, iPads, iPods and entertainment for patients to use during their recovery.
Now at 13 Cameron has done it again with the release of his newest app, AnimalGrams, Race against the clock to unscramble words! Once again Cohen states that a significant portion of the proceeds with be donated to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.
Google TV users can now access to Airtight, an app that allows AirPlaystreaming. That means iOS device owners can stream video and photos to Google TV over the Wi-Fi, with some limitations.
As the Mac Observer points out, the US$0.99 app doesn’t allow mirroring or the streaming of any content with DRM, which means movies and TV shows purchased from the iTunes Store are out. It also doesn’t support music streaming at this time, which could be a deterrent for some.
The developers said they are checking into the possibility of streaming music and admit in the version notes that there’s a lot of work yet to come. But the reviews thus far say that the app is stable and works well. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes.
Finally the news we have all been waiting for! Following the last month of updates, pod2g has finally released his untethered iOS 5.01 jailbreak through the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team. But sorry chaps, it won’t work on the iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Not yet, anyway.
The iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak only works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3G and 4G, and the iPad 1. pod2g’s working on extending the untether to iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but it could take time.
DigiTimes reports that Intel has notified partners that the company will “fully release” its Thunderbolt technology in April 2012. Intel is reportedly preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs at that time.
Intel and Apple originally partnered on the new technology which has become standard across Apple’s MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac. Digitimes reports that the cost of Thunderbolt technology is expected to drop in the second half of 2012, allowing more widespread adoption.While Apple does offer Thunderbolt across most of its product line, the first Thunderbolt products have been limited to relatively high end devices. More widespread adoption should help drive adoption by accessory makers that will benefit both Mac and PC users that use Thunderbolt.
Intel has always said that they see both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt as complementary technologies and plans to support both in their 2012 motherboards.
As if RIM wasn’t in enough trouble already these numbers really won’t make them feel better, according to writer and smartphone market analyst Brian S. Hall Apple’s App Store alone is worth more than all of Research In Motion, the guys behind BlackBerry devices. That’s pretty interesting. Hall noted that with the current share price RIM is worth $7.04 billion at the same time however the Apple Store is worth more than 7.08 Billion dollars.
With 2011 drawing to an end, things really look bleak Research in Motion, the guys behind BlackBerry, Co-CEOs Michael Lazaridis and James Balsillie have led the company from a major player on the smartphone market into technological obsolescence and obscurity.
If RIM was hoping that 2012 was going to be the year of their revival then they really need to start changing their strategy, the company recently announced that their next major device, BlackBerry 10, won’t stock start shipping until the second half of 2012 – an eternity considering the Android and iOS devices set to be released before then.
RIM’s stock is now trading at 52 week lows, marking a 75% loss year-to-date, and finished last week with a total value of $7.04 billion. To put that into perspective, the entirety of Research in Motion is now worth less than Apple’s App Store alone.
If the company can’t correct itself after a year like this, what’s it going to take?
A new report from comScore shows that Apple netted more online visitors in the U.S. in November than retail giant Walmart.
Apple’s sites got more than 79 million unique visitors from the U.S. compared with under 59 million for Walmart. The reason behind these numbers? iTunes downloads, Ad Age says.
Neither site topped Amazon, which drew more than 112 million unique visitors and was the highest-ranked retail site on comScore’s matrix, which included visitors from homes, businesses and academic networks. It’ll be interesting to see how these numbers will change for this month, when people use their gifted iTunes cards and new gadgets to grab even more content from iTunes.
Recently Apple announced their much awaited Rewind 2011, the Apple Rewind is among many developers considered to be the Oscars for the App Store.
In the Navigation category Localscope took the top position, according to their iTunes page, “Localscope is your social data powered GPS app. Always know where you are and what’s around you with Localscope!”
What is really interesting about Localscope is the fact that it lets you decide which services you search. You can use Localscope to “Search & discover places around you with information from multiple geo search engines & social networks: Google, Bing, Foursquare, Twitter, Wikimapia.”
Furthermore Localscope offers an augmented reality view which offers a third option for visualizing your search results beyond a simple list or flat, old-school map.
According to the guys behind Localscope however this is just the beginning, on their website they state “As we gear up to release what we believe to be our greatest creation ever in the upcoming weeks, we are even more excited to envision its impact on our users. Localscope 2.0 will change the way you see your world around you. It will let you look at your vicinity in ways that was never possible before. It is going to be awesome!”
Localscope is available now for $1 and requires an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later.
If you are planning to release your App on the Apple App Store, then new research shows that Sunday is the best day to release it. This is according to a 17-week long analysis conducted by Mobilewalla, the mobile analytics firm.
In order to gather reliable data, the company studied the apps released on a daily basis in the iTunes App Store and Android Market between May 16th and September 8th, 2011. The company determined that 91,754 iOS apps were released into the iTunes App Store and 122,220 apps released into the Android Market.
If you are debating whether to release your App on the App Store or on the Android market then consider this according to TechCrunch, an app released into Apple’s App Store is four times more likely to be discovered than an app released into the Android Market.
If you are wondering what day to avoid, then the answer is simple if your App is for the Android Market, then steer clear of Thursdays as only 7% of apps reached the top 240 then during the study. On the App Store the worst day for a new release is Friday, with only 10% of apps reaching the top 240.
If you have always dreamed of working for Apple then this might be your chance, Apple is currently looking to hire experienced developers to work on Siri.
According to the Twitter site of Siri UI manager Dan Keen Apple is looking for a pair developers to help improve Siri, which doesn’t really come as a surprise since the artificial intelligence-driven digital secretary was launched as a beta product, something Apple never does.
According to the Job posting Apple is looking for someone who will be responsible for developing new features, maintaining existing code, fixing bugs, and contributing to overall system design.
While the fact that Apple is looking for developers to help with Siri doesn’t automatically mean they will open up Siri to third-party apps, I really think it is more a matter of time before Apple decides to allow third-party apps to use Siri, as 9to5mac.com puts it “Think talking to your apps, saying stuff like Update my Facebook status saying ‘Is anyone up for a movie tonight?’”
If you think this is the job opening just waiting for you to send your resume check these links.
While Steve Jobs didn’t win Times person of the year, Barbara Walters has named Apple’s co-founder as the most fascinating person of 2011,according to USA Today. What’s interesting about the choice is that so far in the 18 year history of the program, the award has always gone to a living person.
According to Walters “the Apple founder was selected much earlier in the year, when he first retired. After Jobs died, the rule was broken for him. After all, he broke so many rules during his extraordinary life.’
A businessman and a visionary, a marketing genius and a romantic, a billionaire and a Zen Buddhist, Jobs was one of a kind. His energy and vision changed the world and made him the choice for Most Fascinating Person of the Year.
For those interested there is a really good video on the ABC website, it’s really worth seeing.
Do you agree with Walters decision? Was Steve Jobs the most fascinating person of the previous year?